The name Barefoot represents what is spontaneous and in touch with the earth. We stay close to nature and take our inspiration from the elements themselves. Barefoot is about people. It’s a story of simplicity. Barefoot products are designed in Sri Lanka.
Every item is specially designed for Barefoot, and is made either by workers at home or by local artists and craftsmen. There are no factories and no production lines; each worker is responsible for the quality of his or her final product. We teach skills and strive for quality from our hand weavers or stitchers. Our workers are not cheap substitute for machinery. This is why Barefoot products cost a little more, but last much longer.
We work almost exclusively with women, a tradition started by Barbara Sansoni 50 years ago. We work in small workshops, most of which are located in the countryside. We take work to them rather than expecting them to spend long hours travelling.
Barefoot uses the inspiration of land and seascapes, earth, plants and animals of Sri Lankan in abstract geometry with vivid colour to produce beautiful and useful textiles. The cotton, silk and wool yarns are hank dyed and woven by hand. The team of designers directed by Barbara Sansoni also designs their own range of clothes, bags, household linen and toys made from their textiles.